Name: Catherine Pate
Hometown: Greenville, S.C.
Major: Studio Art
Graduation: 2012
Project: Photography project facilitated by the Shi Center's AV Davis livability education fellowship

The day-to-day challenges for people living in low income areas can be so overwhelming that even thinking about sustainable practices is impossible, much less having access to materials and products.

My poverty studies classes pushed me to think about photojournalism as a way of documenting life in Greenville's West Side, and the ways the City is implementing community sustainability planning to improve life for the residents.

I spent the summer documenting the area - its people, its housing, and open spaces. The portfolio is now being used to raise community awareness about sustainable transportation, housing, and economic development.

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